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The Great Bible 1539



17:1This was the lotte of the tribe of Manasses, which was the Eldest sonne of Ioseph. And Machir the Eldest sonne of Manasses which was the father of Gilead (and a man of warre) had Gilead and Basan,
17:2This was the possession of the rest of the children of Manasses by their kinredes: Namely, of the children of Abiezer: the children of Helek: the children of Ariel: the children of Sichem, the children of Hepher: the children of Semida: for these were the male children of Manasses the sonne of Ioseph by their kinredes.
17:3But Zelaphead the sonne of Hepher, the sonne of Gilead, the sonne of Machir, the sonne of Manasses, had no sonnes but daughters whose names are these: Mahela, Noa, Hagla, Melcha & Thirza:
17:4which came before Eleazar the preaste, & before Iosua the sonne of Nun, & before the Lordes saying: the Lorde commaunded Moses to geue vs an enheritaunce amonge oure brethren. And therfore according to the commaundement of the Lord, he gaue them an enherytaunce amonge the brethren of their father.
17:5And there felle ten porcyons to Manasses, besyde the lande of Gilead & Basan, which is on the other syde Iordan:
17:6because the daughters of Manasses dyd enherett amonge hys sonnes. And Manasses other sonnes, had the lande of Gilead.
17:7And the cooste of Manasses was from Aser to Machmathah that lieth before Sichem and went a longe on the ryght hande, euen vnto the enhabiters of Entaphuah,
17:8& the land of Thaphuah belonged to Manasses, whych Thaphuah is besyde the border of Manasses, and besyde the border of the children of Ephraim.
17:9And the cooste descended vnto the ryuer Canah southwarde, euen to the ryuer of the cyties of Ephraim, and betwene the cyties of Manasses. The cooste of Manasses wente also on the northsyde to the ryuer, & the endes of it go out at the see:
17:10so that the south pertayned to Ephraim, & the northe to Manasses, and the see is hys border. And they mette togeather in Aser northwarde, and in Isacar eastwarde.
17:11And Manasses had in Isacar & in Aser, Bethsean, & her townes: Iiblean, and hir townes: & the enhabitoures of Dor, wyth the townes: pertaynyng to the same: & the enhabitoures of Endor with the townes of the same: and the enhabitoures of Thaanath with her townes: and the enhabitoures of Magedo with the townes of the same, euen thre contreys.
17:12Yet the children of Manasses coulde not ouercome those cyties. But the Cananites presumed to dwell in the same land,
17:13Neuerthelesse, assone as the children of Israel were waxed strong, they put the Cananites vnder tribute, but expelled them not.
17:14And the chyldren of Ioseph spake vnto Iosua saying: why hast thou geuen me but one lotte and one porcyon to enheret, seing I am a great people, & for as moche as the Lorde hath blessed me hitherto?
17:15and Iosua answered them: yf thou be moche people, then gett the vp to the wodde contreye, and prepare for thy selffe there in the lande of the Pheresites & of the Giauntes, yf mounte Ephraim be to narowe for the.
17:16And the children of Ioseph sayd: The hill is not ynough for vs: & all the Cananites that dwel in the lowe contreye haue charettes of yron, & so haue they that enhabite Bethsean, and the townes of the same, & they also dwel in the valeye of Iezreel.
17:17And Iosua sayde vnto the house of Ioseph, Ephraim & Manasses: ye be moche people, and haue great power, & shall not therfore haue one lotte.
17:18Therfore the hill shalbe youres, & ye shall cut downe the wodd that is in it: & the endes of it shalbe youres, yf ye cast out the Cananites which haue yron charettes, & are very stronge.
The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible 1539

The Great Bible of 1539 was the first authorized edition of the Bible in English, authorized by King Henry VIII of England to be read aloud in the church services of the Church of England. The Great Bible was prepared by Myles Coverdale, working under commission of Thomas, Lord Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII and Vicar General. In 1538, Cromwell directed the clergy to provide "one book of the bible of the largest volume in English, and the same set up in some convenient place within the said church that ye have care of, whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it."